Dr. Wayne Dyer, the self-help guru whose best-seller “Your Erroneous Zones” was adopted by millions as a guide to better living, has died at 75, his family and publisher said Sunday. Dyer died Saturday night in Maui, Hawaii, said Reid Tracy, chief executive of Dyer’s publisher, Hay House. The cause of death wasn’t immediately reported.
Dyer was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2009 but claimed to have treated it with positive thinking, daily exercise and “psychic surgery” performed remotely by the Brazilian medium João Teixeira de Faria, better known as “John of God.” He detailed the controversial treatment in an interview with Oprah Winfrey — for whom he was a friend and frequent guest for more than 30 years — in 2012.
Building on philosophies espoused by Krishna Rau, the Siddha Yoga founder who was known as Swami Muktananda, Dyer published “Your Erroneous Zones” in 1976. It cataloged the ideas he’d espoused as a counseling education professor at St. John’s University in New York, and it shot to the top of the best-seller lists, where it stayed for more than a year.
Dyer became a media sensation, touring the U.S. and appearing on every TV talk show.
Dyer was separated from his third wife and had eight children.
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